Pittsburgh Year in Review – 2019

Pittsburgh Year in Review – 2019

January Antonio Brown tweets that he wants to be traded from the Steelers, beginning a year a drama for the wide receiver. Penn State loses to Kentucky on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl. On January 20, the area experienced a Super Wolf Blood moon. Twelve barges break loose on the Mon closing several bridges. The PA Turnpike raises tolls–again. February Punxsutawney Phil does

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8 Crazy Nights: Celebrating Hanukkah in Pittsburgh

8 Crazy Nights: Celebrating Hanukkah in Pittsburgh

This week marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, for the Jewish people. The history behind this joyous holiday lies within the miracle of the Maccabees and God’s divine intervention. When the Grecian armies destroyed the Second Temple, Jewish armies rose and defeated their persecutors. However, when rededicating the desecrated temple to the Jewish faith, the Maccabees discovered there was only enough oil

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Kennywood’s Holiday Lights for 2019

Kennywood's Holiday Lights for 2019

Where can you go to enjoy the spirit of the season while also getting to enjoy fun rides? Kennywood Park’s Holiday Lights, of course! Now through December 30th visitors will get to see the festive side of Kennywood. The park is dazzling with nearly two million lights and the tallest decorated Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, towering at 100 feet. You can visit Santa, take in

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100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

Pittsburgh is rich in history. From the ancient oaks that line the streets of its old steel mill towns to the Revolutionary War landmarks; there is much for Pittsburghers to take pride in. This past week, one of Pittsburgh’s smaller-scale historic attractions reopened for its 100th season at the Carnegie Science Center. The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village reopened on November 21st with

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10 Gifts that are Perfect for Pittsburghers!

10 Gifts that are Perfect for Pittsburghers!

The holiday season is right around the corner and gift shopping right along with it. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for family and friends. We have compiled a list of 10 gift ideas to help you start your holiday off right. 1-Keepsake Ornaments Pick one of the lovely ornaments from the Pittsburgh series for the Yinzer in your life or

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History Uncovered: Pittsburgh’s First Thanksgiving!

History Uncovered: Pittsburgh's First Thanksgiving!

While the Pilgrims and Native Americans jubilantly celebrated the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621, Pittsburgh was not privy to this celebration until 1756, more than one hundred years later.  Nevertheless, Pittsburgh’s first Thanksgiving was one filled with historical significance and festivity, and helped to set the foundation for our feasts of today. War and Peace During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) the

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Horne’s & Their Iconic Christmas Tree

Horne’s & Their Iconic Christmas Tree

Since 1953, when the 100-foot tall Christmas tree begins to go up on the corner of the old Joseph Horne’s Department store building at Penn Avenue and Stanwix Streets, Pittsburghers know that Christmas will soon be here. The tree that wraps around the corner of the seven-story building has more than 2,500 lights and more than 2,000 ornaments. It is now first illuminated as part

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Amen to Action

Amen to Action

It is finally November, and along with the anticipation for the upcoming holidays comes the inevitable focus of shopping. While we love to spread seasonal cheer by spoiling our friends and family with gifts and goodies, it is also important to step back from the commercial world. Recently, we were able to interview Reid Carpenter, founder of Amen to Action. Amen to Action is dedicated

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Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

I will never forget the morning of Saturday October 27th, 2018. What was a relaxing morning at home watching national news with my family soon became a chaotic blur of intense emotional heartbreak and the constant shrill ringing of my house phone- with worried family and friends on the other end. The shock of reading the words “Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue” scrawled

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The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The mention of Cinco de Mayo brings to mind bright colors, refreshing alcoholic drinks, and of course a celebration of the Mexican people. However, while America loves any reason to celebrate, the true meaning and purpose of celebrating the “Fifth of May” is often lost beneath fluttering pinatas and the glitters of alcohol-fueled parties. But fear not, because of Popular Pittsburgh’s never-ending thirst for knowledge,

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